Log it while it’s hot: designing human interaction with smart thermostats for shared work environments


Snow, Stephen, Auffenberg, Frederik and Schraefel, m.c. (2016) Log it while it’s hot: designing human interaction with smart thermostats for shared work environments At CHI 2017, United States. 06 - 11 May 2017. 12 pp. (doi:10.1145/3025453.3025578).

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Smart thermostats offer impressive scope for adapting to users’ thermal comfort preferences and saving energy in shared work environments. Yet human interactions with smart thermostats thus far amount to an assumption from designers that users are willing and able to provide unbiased data at regular intervals; which may be unrealistic. In this paper we highlight the variety of social factors which complicate users' relationships with smart thermostats in shared work environments. These include social dynamics, expectations, and contextually specific factors that influence motivations for interaction with the system. In response we outline our framework towards a Smarter Thermostat: one which better accounts for these messy social inevitabilities, is equipped for a decline in user feedback over time and one which augments rather than attempts to replaces human intelligence- thereby ensuring a smarter thermostat does not create dumber humans.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1145/3025453.3025578
Venue - Dates: CHI 2017, United States, 2017-05-06 - 2017-05-11
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity
ePrint ID: 405303
Date :
Date Event
12 December 2016Accepted/In Press
May 2017e-pub ahead of print
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2017 13:23
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2017 01:59
Projects:
ReFresh: Remodeling Building Design Sustainability from a Human Centered Approach
Funded by: EPSRC (EP/K021907/1)
Led by: m.c. schraefel
28 August 2013 to 27 August 2018
Further Information:Google Scholar
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/405303

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